Welcome to the GO project website. GO is dedicated to helping people with acquired cognitive impairments "Get Outside". Brain injuries can severely restrict one's ability to navigate around town, or even around the block. Our goal is to find ways of assisting brain injury survivors with day to day navigation tasks. We will be exploring both high-tech and human solutions.
The GO team consists of computer scientists, rehabilitation specialists, and brain injury survivors. We recognize that to create a useful solution to navigation problems, the expertise of all three groups will be needed. To that end we have held focus groups and a special-interest group to learn more about the difficulties experienced by those with cognitive impairments. Because we expect that part of our solution will involve survivors carrying some kind of computer with them on excursions, we developed a wearable prototype which we demonstrated at some of the focus groups to see how people would react to its form-factor and user interface.
Recently we have been focusing our efforts on designing an experiment to investigate the various instruction modalities a navigation device could employ. This experiment will focus on audio, textual, point of view image, and plan view image modalities. We are roughly half way through our experimental trials and look forward to analyzing the data we have gathered.